Lambchop (band)

Lambchop (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Lambchop

Img_capt = Lambchop playing at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, August 2004
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Alias = Posterchild
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Origin = Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Genre = Alt-country
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Years_active = 1986–present
Label = Merge
Associated_acts = Clockhammer, My Dad Is Dead, Silver Jews
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Current_members = Kurt Wagner
William Tyler
Tony Crow
Sam Baker
Matt Swanson
Alex McManus
Deanna Varagona
Marc Trovillion
Ryan Norris
Scott Martin
Paul Niehaus
Roy Agee
John Delworth
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Lambchop, originally Posterchild, is a band from Nashville, Tennessee. Lambchop is loosely associated with the alternative country genre, though its music resists easy classification. The music website Allmusic refers to them as "arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s". []

Never a band with a "core" lineup, Lambchop through the years has consisted of a large and fluid collective of musicians focused around its creative centre, frontman Kurt Wagner. Initially indebted to traditional country, the music has subsequently moved through a range of influences including post-rock, soul and lounge music.

Whatever the style, the characteristic mood of Lambchop's music is evoked by Wagner's distinctive songwriting - lyrically subtle and ambiguous, the vocals melodic but understated. Setting this apart from other minimalist songwriters is the large group of backing musicians, with the range of instruments and styles that it brings. Wagner's songwriting bears similarities with soul musicians such as Barry White, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye as much as with country and folk music, and can be seen to embody Kris Kristofferson’s dictum that “country music is the white man’s soul”.



*1994 "I Hope You're Sitting Down/Jack's Tulips"
*1996 "How I Quit Smoking"
*1997 "Thriller"
*1998 "What Another Man Spills"
*2000 "Nixon"
*2001 "Tools in the Dryer"
*2002 "Is a Woman"
*2004 "Aw Cmon"
*2004 "No You Cmon"
*2006 "The Decline of Country and Western Civilization (1993-1999)"
*2006 ""
*2006 "Damaged"
*2006 "Succulence (Live ORF, Vienna) (Tour Only)"
*2008 "OH (Ohio)"


*1996 "Hank"
*2000 "The Queens Royal Trimma" (Live Royal Festival Hall, London – Tour Only)"
*2001 "Treasure Chest of the Enemy" (Tour Only)
*2002 "Pet Sounds Sucks" (Live Great American Music Hall, SF – Tour Only)"
*2005 "CoLab" (with Hands Off Cuba)


*2007 "No Such Silence"

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Video Interview Kurt Wagner: "What is really important to you?"]
* [ Review of "Damaged"] on Subculture Magazine
* [ Various Lambchop album reviews]
* [ Lambchop] at
* [ Concert photos] by Laurent Orseau
* [ BBC gig review]
* [ Interview with Kurt Wagner]
* [ Lambchop on NPR Music]
* [ Conversations: Lambchop's Kurt Wagner]
* [ Review of OH (Ohio) at The Music Magazine]

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